On April 5, Nica Noelle’s transgender-themed studio TransRomantic won the Steamiest Romantic Movie award at the 8th annual Feminist Porn Awards in Toronto with its debut release, Forbidden Lovers. This honor was just the most recent in a string of international awards claimed by Noelle and Forbidden Lovers during the past year. In February, the film won for Best DVD at Grooby.com’s Tranny Awards, and TransRomantic Films was honored with a Best New Line award at the Adult Video News (AVN) Awards along with Noelle’s other studios, Girl Candy, Hard Candy and Rock Candy Films.

At the Transgender Film Festival in Germany in March, Forbidden Lovers won the award for Best Long Clip; star Amy Daly won for Best Trans Performance in a Long Clip; and Forbidden Lovers costar Christian XXX won for Best Male Performance in a Long Clip. Daly wrote on her weblog of the winning scene in Forbidden Lovers that it "isn't any ordinary transsexual porno scene" but is instead "a full-on drama with sex and love."

Regarding the awards, Noelle said, "I am deeply grateful to the trans community and adult film fans for their unbelievable support of TransRomantic Films. This studio was a long-time dream of mine, and I'm very thankful to Jerry Anders of AEBN for supporting the idea of trans performers in romantic features. I also want to thank the amazing performers themselves, particularly Amy Daly who gave a show-stopping emotional performance in Forbidden Lovers."